Economic Systems of Foraging, Agricultural, and Industrial Societies

Cambridge University Press Published In Pages: 316
By Frederic L. Pryor


Foraging groups with middling levels of economic development (Human-Wealth-Oriented and Intangible-Wealth-Oriented societies) can be identified by certain property and distribution characteristics.


Both HWO and IWO societies had significantly higher incidence of wealth inequality. Additionally, HWO is characterized by significantly higher slavery. IWO is characterized by significantly higher marriage wealth transfer, and significantly lower food sharing and taxation/tribute. Neither group had a significant relationship with Food storage, land possession, inheritance, or market/barter exchange.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Probit RegressionPartially supportedp < 0.05UNKNOWNUNKNOWN